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Ilona Foldes papers

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    Ilona Foldes papers

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    The Ilona Foldes papers consist of English and Hungarian versions of Foldes’ memoir, “The Unknown Destiny,” a postwar photograph of Ilona Foldes, a prewar photograph of her first husband, Arthur Révész, and three prewar and wartime photographs of their son, Paul Révész. The papers also include a clipping about the 1976 Hungarian film “Kísértet Lublón” (“Haunted Lublon” or “The Phantom on Horseback”) based on Mikszáth Kalman’s serial novel. The clipping was found among the photographs, and although its relationship with the photographs is unclear, it is considered part of the collection.
    inclusive:  circa 1920-1960
    Collection Creator
    Ilona Foldes
    Ilona Foldes (1902-2001) was born Ilona Laszlo to Edward Laszlo and Yetta Springer in Felsőszvidnik, Hungary (now Vysni Svidnik, Slovakia). She lived in Prešov with her husband Arthur Révész and their son Paul until they were arrested by the Gestapo in 1944. They were sent to Berlin and then Oranienburg, where Ilona was separated from her husband and child, whom she never saw again. Ilona was sent on to Ravensbrück and survived. After the war, she married Hungarian Auschwitz survivor Sándor Foldes, and the couple immigrated to Chicago in 1952.

    Physical Details

    Hungarian English
    4 folders
    System of Arrangement
    The Ilona Foldes papers are arranged as three series: I. Memoir, approximately 1960s, II. Photographs, approximately 1920-1950, and III. Clipping, approximately 1976

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Prešov (Slovakia)

    Administrative Notes

    Michael Kaplan donated the Ilona Foldes papers to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2002 and 2003. The collection previously cataloged as accession 2003.48 has been incorporated into this collection.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2023-03-30 15:12:16
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